BAFTA Honors Spielberg

Steven Spielberg can add another award to his paperweight collection. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts honored the “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan” auteur with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award on Saturday in a chi-chi $500 per plate reception in Los Angeles.

More than one thousand Hollywood luminaries, including DreamWorks partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, director Robert Zemeckis, wife Kate Capshaw and actor Ben Kingsley, were in attendance to witness Britain’s Prince Andrew present the award to the director.

“(The British film industry) has truly created more than a ripple for the last 65 years. It has been a tidal wave of creativity,” Spielberg said at the event.

Besides “Jaws,” the 64-year-old director is also known for era-defining films such as “E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Indiana Jones” franchise. He is a Best Director Oscar winner for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Spielberg is currently wrapping production on “A.I.,” a project that was first conceived by the late Kubrick.

The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award was renamed this year after the passing of the “Eyes Wide Shut” and “A Clockwork Orange” helmer in 1999.